Ongoing Fort Worth Stockyards Historical District’s Texas Longhorn Cattle Drive. Twice daily, herders dressed in 19th-century cowboy gear drive 15-17 head of cattle down Exchange Ave. Best viewing areas for the drives are the front lawn of the Livestock Exchange Bldg. or across the street near the Stockyards Visitor’s Center. Free. Times 11:30 a.m. & 4 p.m. daily, weather permitting. No cattle drives on major holidays. For more information, 817-336-4373, www.fortworthherd.com. Along E. Exchange Ave.
Ongoing See the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s World Trade Center Beam Exhibit. This 9/11 tribute exhibit features the largest World Trade Center artifact in Texas. This beam is a full-façade panel that once supported the three floors (101-103) that were located just above the center of the impact zone of the North Tower. The artifact, which is one of the few recovered pieces the National Institute of Standards and Technology has been able to trace to the exact location in the structure, is the focus of a permanent exhibit. Free admission. Hrs. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. noon-5 p.m. For more information, 817-255-9300, www.fortworthmuseum.org. 1600 Gendy St.
Ongoing The Kimbell Art Museum’s renowned European masterpieces, paintings and sculptures, dating from antiquity through the 18th century, include Michelangelo’s Torment of Saint Anthony and Caravaggio’s Cardsharps. Visitors will also see antiquities from Greece, Rome and Egypt. Late 18th-century through mid-20th-century works are on view in the north galleries. Admire Impressionist and post-Impressionist favorites Cézanne, Monet, Picasso, Matisse and Mondrian. The permanent exhibition is free. Hrs. Tues.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. noon-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m., Closed Mon. For more information call 817-332-8451, www.kimbellart.org. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Ongoing Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Stroll through this 109-acre park of trees and flowers, then to the greenhouse, cafe and the waterways. The main gardens are free & open daily from dawn until dusk. A small fee is required for the 7.5 acre Japanese garden, which is open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and offers tours that take about an hour. A small fee is also required for the conservatory, which is open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 1-6 p.m. For more information, 817-392-5510, www.fwbg.org. 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
Ongoing Grapevine Vintage Railroad. Take a nostalgic ride on two Victorian-style locomotives. “Puffy,” the 1896 steam locomotive, is the oldest continuously operating steam engine in the South; “Vinny” is a 1953 GP-7 diesel locomotive. The trains run seasonally Sat. & Sun. round trip between downtown Grapevine and the Fort Worth Stockyards. The Grapevine to the Stockyards run departs at 1 p.m. and arrives in the Stockyards around 2:15 p.m. The return trip departs the Stockyards at 4:15 p.m. and arrives back in Grapevine about 5:45 p.m. The hour-long Trinity River Fun Run leaves from the Stockyards at 2:45 p.m. Pricing varies, see web site for details. For information, 817-410-3123, www.stockyardsstation.com/attractions, www.grapevinetexasusa.com/grapevine-vintage-railroad. Grapevine station, 705 S. Main St. Open 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Stockyards Station, noon-4:30 p.m. 140 E. Exchange Ave.
Ongoing The Fort Worth Zoo. This home to nearly 7,000 native and exotic animals is ranked the no. 5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide. Admission $12 13+, $9 seniors 65+ and children 3-12, children 2 & under free. Parking $5. Half-price tickets are available every Wednesday. Hrs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. See web site for holiday hours. For more information 817-871-7050, www.fortworthzoo.org. 1989 Colonial Pkwy.
Ongoing The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. See more than 2,000 artifacts about the remarkable women that shaped the West. Hrs. Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Closed for major holidays; see web site for details. Admission $10 13+, $8 seniors 60+, $8 children 3-12, children 3 & under free with paid adult. For more information, 817-336-4475, 800-476-3263, www.cowgirl.net. 1720 Gendy St.
Ongoing Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s satellite exhibit of 150 Years of Fort Worth. Fort Worth’s interesting history is housed in the nearly 100-year-old Fire Station No. 1 building located in the City Center Complex. This exhibit traces Fort Worth’s development from its beginning as a frontier outpost, through its rowdy youth as a cattle town to the present. See graphics, historical artifacts, photographs and documents, reproduced paintings and original posters. The building that houses the exhibit is also a valuable piece of Fort Worth history since it is the site of the original city hall. Free admission. Hrs. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. For more information, 817-255-9300, www.fwmuseum.org/150-fort-worth-history. Corner of 2nd & Commerce Sts.
Ongoing The Christian Arts Museum. The Christian Arts Museum showcases “Inspirational Art,” including a three dimensional, full-size exhibition that recreates Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting, The Last Supper. Free admission. Hrs. Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, 817-332-7878, www.cacmuseum.org. 3221 Hamilton Ave.
Ongoing Fort Worth Trinity Park. The Log Cabin Village living history museum depicts the lifestyle of pioneers who settled this area in the mid-to-late 1800s. Admission $5 adults 18+, $4.50 children ages 4-17 and 60+, $4 groups of 10 or more. Free for ages 3 & under. Hrs. Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 1-5 p.m. For more information, 817-392-5881, www.logcabinvillage.org. 2100 Log Cabin Village Ln.
Ongoing Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. This 3,621-acre refuge is one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the United States. It was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1980 and offers special events, educational programs and naturalist-led nature hikes. Admission $5 adults, $2 children 3-12, free to children under 3, $3 seniors 65+, $1 discount per person with Military ID-Active/Retired. Hrs. Refuge 8 a.m.-5 p.m., hours vary for special events. See web site for details. For more information, 817-392-7410, www.fwnaturecenter.org. 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd.
Ongoing The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. See history and nature with stunning IMAX cinematography and audio. This month’s features include: Jerusalem, Born to be Wild, Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun, Journey to the South Pacific, The Polar Express and more. Gen. Ad. $6 guests, $3 members. For complete list of show times, 817-255-9540, www.fortworthmuseum.org/omni-imax-now-showing. 1600 Gendy St.
Fridays & Saturdays Four Day Weekend comedy. This six-member comedy troupe in downtown Fort Worth weaves audience participation, videos and music with their improvisational skills. The talented cast has created the longest-running live show in Fort Worth’s history. Tickets $20. Ages 18+ are welcome. Performances Fri. & Sat., 7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m. For information, 817-226-4329, www.fourdayweekend.com. 312 Houston St.
Through Dec. 14 Runway Theatre presents, The Man Who Came to Dinner. Join the Stanleys as they celebrate the holidays with an unexpected visitor. After radio celebrity Sheridan Whiteside is forced to move in with them for a six-week period, their lives are turned upside down, inside out and every which way. Performances 8 p.m. on Fri. & Sat. & 3 p.m. Sun. matinee. For tickets, 817-488-4842, www.runwaytheatre.com. 215 North Dooley St., Grapevine, TX 76051.
Through Dec. 21 Christmas on Main in Downtown Grapevine. Step back in time this season at Christmas on Main with jolly Christmas characters including Santa on stilts. Set your holiday spirit aglow with the beautiful backdrop of Victorian-style buildings, ribbons, bows, wreaths and twinkling lights. Tractor-drawn wagon rides ($1 per person, per ride) and more. Free admission. For more information, www.grapevinetexasusa.com. 325 S. Main St. Grapevine, TX 76051.
Through Dec. 21 Texas Christkindl Market. This enchanting Christmas market, in the spirit of German holiday markets, features Texas-German cuisine, beverages and live entertainment. Celebrate the season with unique handmade gifts, artwork and clothing: cuckoo clocks, nutcrackers, steins, ornaments, collectibles, jewelry and more. Free admission and parking. For hours and information, www.TexasChristkindl.com. 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011.
Through Dec. 23 Santa in Sundance Square. See Santa Claus while enjoying the beautiful, live 58 foot Christmas Tree. For times and more information, www.sundancesquare.com/events/santa-in-sundance. Downtown Fort Worth.
Through Dec. 23 Children’s Productions at Casa Manana Theater-Here Comes Santa Claus. It’s time for the holidays, but Simon’s empty tree makes him grumpy after watching his friends receive presents. Again. With the help of elves and a little bit of magic and cheer, will Simon find the spirit of Christmas? Performance times and ticket prices vary. For information, 817-332-2272, www.casamanana.org. 3101 West Lancaster.
Through Dec. 27 Lone Star Murder Mysteries presents Dismay in a Manger. Sounds of the holiday season dance upon the evening air. Christmas carols are sung by a choir, sleigh bells ring on the horses, and fighting erupts in the town square. Wait…what? This is one interactive murder mystery dinner experience that will put the “Ho Ho Ho” into your Holidays! $59 per person for entertainment and dinner. For more information, 817-310-5588, www.texasstardinnertheater.com. 816 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX 76051.
Through Dec. 28 Fort Worth Botanical Garden: “Christmas in the Garden.” Enjoy the garden in all of its holiday splendor, decked with sparkling lights and festive colors. For more information, 817-392-5510, www.fwbg.org. 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
Through Dec. 28 Jubilee Theatre presents, Jubilation II: The Colors of Christmas. A fresh remix on last year’s runaway holiday hit. In Rudyville, it’s time to celebrate the season and raise money for the rent at Leroy’s Night Club. Sweet dance moves and flashy costumes await you at Leroy’s annual Jubilation Celebration. Everyone is sure to be touched with the spirit of Christmas! For tickets and information, 817-338-4411, www.jubileetheatre.org. 506 Main St.
Through Jan. 1 Honky Tonk Spirits presents Dead End Ghost Tour. This interactive outside ghost tour includes spooky pictures caught on tour! Tickets $12-$20. Tours 9 p.m. For more information, www.deadendghosttours.com. East Exchange St., Fort Worth Stockyards. Tours begin and end on the front porch of the Whiskey Girl Saloon.
Through Jan. 1 Texas Motor Speedway Gift of Lights. Decorated with over 600 unique displays and two million LED lights, Texas Motor Speedway brings to life the 1.5 mile oval track that features NASCARS’ best drivers throughout the year. Gates are open from 6-10 p.m. seven days a week. Admission is $20 per vehicle. For more information, www.tmsgiftoflights.com. Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Circle.
Through Jan. 4 Urban Theater: New York Art In The 1980s at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Vibrant, vital, and discordant, the New York art scene of the 1980s gave rise to some of contemporary art’s most recognizable characteristics. $10 adults 13+, $4 students with ID & seniors 60+. Free for children 12 & under and Modern members. For more information, 817-738-9215. www.themodern.org. 3200 Darnell St.
Through Jan. 4 Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition at The Fort Worth Museum of Science & History. Can you huff, puff and blow a house in? Does running in the rain get you less wet than walking through it? Can you really make a canoe out of duct tape? Spend a day like the real MythBusters on Discovery Channel’s Emmy-nominated show and discover the answers to these and other questions for yourself. Enjoy interactive opportunities, watch live demonstrations and peruse props and gadgets from the show. Timed tickets are required: $19 Adults (ages 13-64), $17 Seniors (65+), $15 Children (2-12). Member discounts. For more information, 817-255-9540, www.fortworthmuseum.org/mythbusters-explosive-exhibition. 1600 Gendy St.
Through Jan. 4 Stage West Theatre presents, The Explorers Club. A new madcap comedy from Tony-nominated writer Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde). London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink? Performance times and ticket prices vary. For reservations, 817-784-9378, www.stagewest.org. 821 W. Vickery Blvd.
Through Jan. 11 Fresh Perspectives: Benito Huerta and the Collection at Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Amon Carter assistant curator Maggie Adler and local contemporary artist Benito Huerta have joined forces in an exhibition of Huerta’s drawings, watercolors, and prints in combination with a selection of works on paper from the museum. Free admission. For more information, www.cartermuseum.org. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Through Jan. 15 LEGOLAND Discovery Center of Dallas/Fort Worth Star Wars MINILAND Model Display. Be immersed in the intergalactic sights and sounds of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Guests will see the rolling hills of Naboo, the treacherous terrain of Tatooine, and even take part in a thrilling Podrace! Tickets $18 3+, free for kids 2 and under. Hrs. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Last admission two hours prior to closing. For more information, 877-818-1677, www.LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com/dallasfw. Inside Grapevine Mills Mall, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, TX 76051.
Through Jan. 18 Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham exhibit at Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Through 16 iconic river paintings and 50 drawings, you’ll see how George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879) created his artistic persona at a time when American painting, like the country, was dramatically shifting. Admission free. Hrs. Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Closed Mon. and major holidays. For more information, 817-738-1933, www.cartermuseum.org. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Through Jan. 19 Panther Island Ice. Located inside Coyote Drive-In’s concession pavilion, Panther Island Ice celebrates its second year of fun as Fort Worth’s first and only outdoor ice skating rink. Seasonal food & beverages are available for purchase in addition to the full menu at the Coyote Canteen. Admission $11. Rink hours vary. For more information, www.pantherislandice.com. 223 NE 4th St.
Through Jan. 25 Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musee d’Orsay at the Kimbell Art Museum. Explore the development of the portrait in French painting and sculpture from the late 1850s until the first years of the 20th century. The major figures of Impressionist portraiture—Caillebotte, Cézanne, Degas, Monet and Renoir—are represented. $18 adults, $16 seniors 60+ and for students with an ID, $14 children 6-11, free for children under 6 and for Museum members. Admission is half-price on Tuesdays and after 5 p.m. on Fridays. Hrs. Tues.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. noon-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m., Closed Mon. For more information, 817-332-8451, www.kimbellart.org. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Through Jan. 25 Meet Me at the Trinity: Photographs by Terry Evans at Amon Carter Museum of American Art. This exhibition features more than 40 large-scale photographs of the Trinity River in Fort Worth. Free admission. Hrs. Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Closed Mon. and major holidays. For more information, 817-738-1933, www.cartermuseum.org/exhibitions. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Through May 31 Take Two: George Catlin Revisits the West exhibit at the Sid Richardson Museum. Paintings by George Catlin, the influential 19th century American Indian painter. Free docent-guided tours Tue. & Sat. 2 p.m. See web site for details. Hrs. Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. For information, 817-332-6554, www.sidrichardsonmuseum.org. 309 Main Street in Sundance Square.
6,13,20,26,27,28,29,30,31 Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District-Cowtown Coliseum hosts Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show. Family friendly entertainment. Box seats $18, Gen. Ad. $15, seniors 60+ $11 & children 3-12, $8. Performances 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. www.StockyardsRodeo.com. 817-625-1025. 121 E. Exchange Ave.
12-27 The Nutcracker presented by Texas Ballet Theater at Bass Performance Hall. This enchanting classic is a delightful addition to any holiday celebration. Clara receives a mysterious nutcracker that becomes the center of an astonishing dream. Join Clara on a magical journey to The Land of Sweets for a celebration of music and dance. Performance times and prices vary. For more information, ticket office 817-212-4280, www.basshall.com. 525 Commerce St.
13 Billy Bob’s Texas-Lee Brice. Tickets $18, $25 & $30. Performance 10:30 p.m. www.billybobstexas.com. 817-624-7117. 2520 Rodeo Plaza.
14 Isis & the Star Dancers. Troupe of Middle Eastern (belly dance) and Polynesian (Hula) dancers along with a large group of Arabic Style Drummers (tabla) based in Dallas/Fort Worth. Performances 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance; $15 at the door. For more information, www.isisandthestardancers.com. Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St. Grapevine, TX 76051.
14 Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District Cowtown Coliseum hosts Jim Austin Online’s Fiesta Charra. Music by Abigail Garcia, Los Fuertes del Norte, Raul Sanchez, Claudia Arias, and Mariachi Rey de Reyes. Reserved box seats $30, Gen. Ad. $20. 7-10 p.m. www.JimAustinOnline.com. 817-923-9305. 121 E. Exchange Ave.
15 Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas at Bass Performance Hall. Grammy-nominated singer Michael Martin Murphey returns to Bass Hall for his annual Christmas event. This blend of poetry, music and stories will warm your body like a cozy mug of hot chocolate. Performance 7:30 p.m. For more information, ticket office 817-212-4280, www.basshall.com. 525 Commerce St.
18 Holidays with the Symphony at Symphony Arlington features Corelli-Christmas Concerto, Respighi-The Adoration of the Magi, Menotti-Amahl and the Night Visitors, plus many other holiday favorites. Performance 7:30 p.m. For more information, 817-385-0484, www.symphonyarlington.org. Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center St. Arlington, TX 76011.
18 Billy Bob’s Texas-William Clark Green. Tickets $10. Performance 9 p.m. www.billybobstexas.com. 817-624-7117. 2520 Rodeo Plaza.
19 Billy Bob’s Texas-Roger Creager. Tickets $12 & $18. Performance 10:30 p.m. www.billybobstexas.com. 817-624-7117. 2520 Rodeo Plaza.
20 Billy Bob’s Texas-Casey Donahew Band. Tickets $15 & $22. Performance 10:30 p.m. www.billybobstexas.com. 817-624-7117. 2520 Rodeo Plaza.
21 Dallas Cowboys Football at AT&T Stadium. Colts vs. Cowboys at 3:30 p.m. For information and tickets, www.attstadium.com. One AT&T Way, Arlington, TX 76011.
22,23,29,30 Fort Worth Zoo presents Winter Zoo Camp. Like Summer Zoo Camp but a whole lot cooler! Students in first through sixth grades can explore wildlife during their winter school break. Sessions 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $75 per day, Zoo members save 10%. For more information, 817-871-7050, www.fortworthzoo.org. 1989 Colonial Pkwy.
25 Billy Bob’s Texas-Holy Moly. Tickets $10. Performance 9 p.m. www.billybobstexas.com. 817-624-7117. 2520 Rodeo Plaza.
26,27 Billy Bob’s Texas-Randy Rogers Band. Tickets $18, $30 & $35. Performance 10:30 p.m. www.billybobstexas.com. 817-624-7117. 2520 Rodeo Plaza.
30 Billy Bob’s Texas-Toadies with Drivin’ N’ Cryin’. Tickets $15 & $25. Performance 10:30 p.m. www.billybobstexas.com. 817-624-7117. 2520 Rodeo Plaza.
31 Swingin’ New Year’s Eve at Bass Performance Hall. “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!” Let the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Mike Berkowitz fill your New Year’s Eve with the hottest standards of the swing era: Sinatra, Glen Miller, Henry Mancini and more. Performance 7:30 p.m. For more information, ticket office 817-212-4280, www.basshall.com. 525 Commerce St.
31 Billy Bob’s Texas-Turnpike Troubadours New Year’s Eve Show. Tickets $20 & $30. Performance 10:30 p.m. www.billybobstexas.com. 817-624-7117. 2520 Rodeo Plaza.